Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham wrapped up their stint on “Justice Society of America” last month, so what does DC do? They turn to Jerry Ordway, of “Infinity Inc.” and “All-Star Squadron” fame to tell (and draw) a tale of DC’s team with a most extensive legacy — a legacy Ordway himself can point to and claim, “I helped.”
Ordway opens the story with a flashback to the Infinity Inc. days — a bold splash page that looks like a recently-discovered previously-unpublished gem from Ordway’s prior service with these characters. Allowing us to mope with Atom Smasher and share a virtual drink with Mr. Bones, Ordway establishes where Al Rothstein is coming from and gives us a spot alongside Al during the rest of this comic. Ordway’s art is timeless. The coloring, printing, and paper stock have given his technique and style new life (take a gander at the cover if you want to get a clue as to what I’m talking about) and it is welcome here. “Justice Society” spans generations and invokes imagery of “old-fashioned” heroes fighting old-fashioned foes. This book, under Ordway is a throwback to a more straightforward time.
By being himself, Ordway manages to immediately shed any comparisons between this version of the “JSA” and the work Johns and Eaglesham laid down. Make no mistake, the team is deliberately the same, and Ordway tries (uncomfortably in some instances., such as Stargirl’s explanation of why she called Al instead of coming in) to maintain the voices Johns established for these characters.
This is not a done-in-one throwaway story, nor is it a simple inventory placeholder marking time until the next creative team settles into their chairs. This issue has ties to other areas of the DC Universe, from the Global Peace Agency to Bibbo to Fawcett City and the aforementioned All-Star Squadron. This issue gives readers a chance to come in on a level closer to the ground floor and given that it is delivered from the pen and pencil of Jerry Ordway, some of his fans might find this to be a nice treat and a welcome introduction to a book they could have overlooked.